The first School of Politics within the Presidential Center for Political Education was opened today in the President’s Cabinet, which will be held starting from the upcoming weekend until November this year.
The School will be implemented through four educational seminars with eminent lecturers and trainers from the country and abroad. Participants in the School of Politics will have the opportunity to advance their knowledge on topics including issues of democracy, the rule of law and the fight against corruption, protection and promotion of human rights and freedoms, foreign policy and security, our integration into the European Union, socio-economic development, as well as political communication and transparency.
Pointing out that the School of Politics is the central activity of the Presidential Center for Political Education, President Pendarovski in his address emphasized that the participants in the School were selected by public announcement, based on their interest in active participation in social life, professional qualifications and professional achievements.
“I am convinced that in order to have a stable democracy and to have future generations of democrats, we must invest in education based on democratic values. It was that need that prompted me to launch such an initiative, for which I sincerely hope in the next period will receive wider social support”, President Pendarovski said.
Speaking that the composition of participants of the School of Politics reflects the key goals of its policy, President Pendarovski stressed that they are the need to build a solidarity and inclusive society, to encourage political and social dialogue by overcoming divisions and, always, to promote multiculturalism as a key link in connecting our citizens.
“In this regard, I am confident that the participants of this first School will have an exceptional opportunity not only to upgrade their knowledge and skills, but also to connect and netwotk that will strongly influence their personal and professional development”, the President said.
Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Lj. Spasov, President of the Program Council of the Presidential Center for Political Education and Adviser to the President on Foreign Policy, Internal Policy and Constitutional Affairs, also addressed the event. He said that the School of Politics unites participants with different backgrounds and professional history, but with a common goal for the future.
“That goal is the desire of the young generation of our citizens to live in a democratically governed state based on the principles of the rule of law and solidarity and in a society in which our differences are the key to progress, not the basis for conflict and new divisions”, Professor Spasov said.
The goal of the Presidential Center for Political Education and the School of Politics is to contribute to building unity through learning, to promote a culture of dialogue, and to influence education reform through the comprehensive inclusion of political education in our formal and non-formal education system.
Representatives of partner foundations and organizations that are part of the Program Council of the Presidential Center for Political Education: Friedrich Ebert Foundation in North Macedonia, International Republican Institute (IRI), MK2025 Foundation, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Westminster Foundation for Democracy in North Macedonia, the National Democratic Institute (NDI), also addressed the hybrid event..
Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the program for the opening of the School was shortened. The rest of the module will take place online.